What are the biggest issues confronting pharmacy in 2017?

Stressed pharmacist in dispensary

Low wages, lack of jobs, lack of recognition, discounters … what concerns you the most?

There are always pressures in pharmacy, whether financial, professional or personal.

We’ve heard about concerns over employee pharmacist wages, with PPA arguing for a 30% increase in award rates before the Fair Work Commission this year. Some owners have also been called out for underpayment of wages.

Owners may be feeling the pressure with rents at their highest in a decade, competition from discounters, concerns about what the Pharmacy Review might decide regarding deregulation, and the risk-sharing debacle.

You may be worried about a lack of jobs or lack of recognition for your professional skills, especially within a larger healthcare team.

We want to know what your pharmacy bugbears are, so let us know in the poll below.

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  1. Amin-Reza Javanmard

    Stock shortages!

  2. Andrew Kelly

    Reliable supply of medications.

  3. Peter Crothers

    Recruitment and retention of quality staff

    • Paul's

      Until our professional staff are paid as such this will continue to be an issue. We cannot blame our employed colegues for seeking greener pastures.

  4. Slim Jim

    Persistent stock shortages and the (un)reliable supply of (very basic) medicines by manufacturers.

    The lack of unpreparedness and low standards coupled with unrealistic expectations of the multitude of Interns churned out by our 19 pharmacist factories.

    The politicisation of health?

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